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Optrex is the wonderful product for "sick" eyes. Its especially sodium borate that gives the eyes the best treatment but I positively evaluate also natural plant extracts. I used for plenty of infections and always eyes covered extremely fast.
~~What does it do?~~
I have suffered with hayfever every year since I was a teenager and have tried various tablets, nasal sprays, eye mists etc. over the years and haven't found anything that is effective enough to be worth bothering with. The exception to this are eye drops which I find to be a cheap, simple way of offering immediate relief to itchy, puffy eyes.
~~What are they like?~~
These Optrex Itchy Eye Drops are available from chemists (without a prescription) and supermarkets and are suitable for adults and children. The drops come in a small 10ml squeezy plastic bottle which is packaged inside a blue and yellow box. The bottle is small but easy to hold and comes with a twistable cap. The bottle is easy to squeeze to release a single drop - I have never had a problem of getting more drops come out at a time than I bargained for. The drops themselves are clear and look and feel just like water. I bought mine for £3.16 from Tescos.
~~Why might they be needed?~~
As I mentioned, I use these eye drops in the spring/summer to relieve itchy hayfever eyes. However, these drops are also suited to people who have sore eyes from other issues such as irritation from house dust or chlorine from swimming for example. I have also used them in the past to soothe my stinging eyes after cutting a particularly evil onion and another time when I got a face full of smoke when I opened the oven to check on some smokey BBQ Ribs. And yes, they were smokey.
~~How do you do it?~~
Not everybody likes the idea of putting drops in their eyes as it can seem a bit unnatural. I used to struggle with it when I was younger but now I can do it with no problems. I come from a family of allergy sufferers so here are some of the approaches I have witnessed over the years:
My Mum pulls open her bottom eye lid and using a mirror she aims for the drop to go in there rather than on the eye itself. She is very good at doing this but I find it very hard and I usually miss and end up getting the drop somewhere on my face instead. It is for this reason that it is a good idea to put eye drops in before doing your make up!
My brother stands in front of a mirror and tips head back and to the side and drips a drop in from above, letting gravity do it's thing. He can only do it with the help of a mirror. I once inquired 'What do you need a mirror for? You know where you're eye is don't you?'. But he obviously decided this was an annoying-big-sister-comment which wasn't deemed worthy of an answer so I never did find out. The issue I have with this technique is that you can see when the quivering, shiny drop is about to fall from the bottle and it is really hard not to instinctively blink just before it gets there.
I just tip my head right back and hold the bottle above my eye. I then look the other way with my eyes, whilst keeping my head still and squeeze a drop out the bottle. This way, you won't see the drop coming so there is no blinking in anticipation but it is still easy to get it in the eye. After years of hayfever, I personally think this is the easiest and most accurate method. It probably looks the most weird though...
My Dad is 'not an eye person'. Anything on TV to do with eyes or surgery has to get turned over right away. This is so bad that he denies he even has hayfever (even though he clearly does), to stop the rest of the family trying to talk him into trying eye drops. Instead he seems to get a 'cold' every summer which strangely seems to get a lot worse when he cuts the grass.... This is a shame as they really do relieve itchy eyes and it is frustrating he suffers with it when something can be done about it!
My Nan uses a hand mirror to see what she is doing. The problem is that she needs to wear glasses to see things that close. And to put drops in you obviously have to take glasses off. She asked my Dad to do it for her once but as you can imagine I don't think that went particularly well...
New to eye drops until last year, I offered to try and put drops in for him as he was too freaked out to try it himself. I got him to lie down and tried it but he kept scrunching his eyes up without knowing he was doing it and blinking too much before I had even done anything. I think it worked in the end but it wasn't really worth the effort! Now whenever he complains of itchy eyes, I make the same offer and strangely, all of a sudden, he decides actually he is fine and they don't itch that much after all...
My Grandma often declares quite loudly in the presence of the rest of the family, that she doesn't believe in hayfever and it all a fuss about nothing. Strangely enough this never seems to goes down very well so the less said about this, the better!
~~Do they work~~
It is recommended that you use between 2 and 4 drops per eye as needed. I find that one drop goes in nicely. Two drops is quite a lot and when you blink, your eye lashes will be all wet like you have yawned. Three drops is too much and when you blink it will roll down our face like a tear. Four is just silly. They feel cool and refreshing when you put them in and I find them to be effective. The longevity of the relief will really depend on the exact scenario in which you are using them and how irritated your eyes are. Adding the eye drops when the itchiness first starts, avoiding touching/rubbing your eyes and keeping away from the trigger of the itchiness will result in the best outcome. It usually feels nice to keep your eyes closed for a couple of seconds afterwards although it is not necessary to do so. These eye drops are used to soothe itchy eyes rather than prevent the itchiness in the first place but in the height of the hayfever season I often put some in before leaving the house anyway as it doesn't do any harm. Also, the bottle should be discarded after 28 days of opening and should not be shared with any one else for hygiene reasons.
In summary, Optrex Itchy Eye Drops are a quick, simple way to soothe sore, itchy eyes. I buy these every year and they last well. It can take a bit of getting used to deliberately putting drops in your eyes at first as it feels natural to blink to stop them going in but practice makes perfect and it is worth it if you suffer with itchy eyes as they do soothe the itch.
I have suffered from hay fever since I was a teenager. Although it isn't as bad as some peoples hay fever it is still bad enough that in summer if I don't take medication for it I get symptoms including itchy red eyes.
Even with taking medication my eyes can still sometimes bare the brunt of it if I have been exposed to a lot of pollen.
I bought some Optrex itchy eye relief drops last summer during a time when we had been on holiday in the Lake District and my eyes were feeling particularly bad and the local chemist didn't have any of my usual allergy eye drops.
I was hoping that these would be a good substitute and they were though I still prefer my normal allergy ones.
They cost me £3.50 for a 10ml bottle which I thought was quite good as my normal eye drops for allergies cost me nearly £6.
You use as you would any other eye drops by dropping a couple of drops in each eye and blinking several times until the drops have been dispersed all around the eye balls.
I found that these gave almost immediate relief to the dryness and itchiness that I get in my eyes and they did take a away a lot of the redness though I noticed that there was always still a little bit of redness left in the whites of my eye even after having used them a few days. I wasn't really bothered by this as I only really bought them for the itchiness which actually makes me want to scratch my eyes out sometimes and for this it did take it away and allowed me to actually get on with my holiday without having to constantly rub my eyes which actually makes them worse in the long run.
The only problem I found with these is that although they did work they weren't as long lasting as the allergy ones and the itchiness came back quite quickly after having used them when I was outside. They were a major life saver at night though as they let me get to sleep without itchy eyes keeping me awake.
I would always stick to my allergy ones when my hay fever is causing me problems but these were a decent substitute and I would definitely buy them again if I was stuck somewhere and needed something to take away the itch.
The final weeks of June are hell for my eyes. Hayfever makes them sting, red, itchy and just generally uncomfortable from morning to night. Once my eyes start itching it feels like nothing will sooth them.
I generally, despite all of my willpower, scratch them lightly but then it gets worse and I must scratch more, making them hurt eventually. This is where these drops come in. If I use the drops at the early stages of my eyes being itchy and use these instead of the gentle scratching, my itchy eyes generally subside for a few hours and I do not have to worry about them getting worse.
One bottle, although small, goes a long way due to only using two drops in each eye every few hours. One bottle will last until the expiry time which, from what I remember, is 14 days after opening. You must make sure that you don't use them after this period however as once the seal is broken the fluid is no longer sterile and could easily cause an eye infection.
The drops do have a couple of downsides. Firstly, it involves putting drops into the eye which i absolutely hate. I cannot do this very well and it takes me a long time to get it done correctly. Even if I manage to do it, it is generally only after many misses of my eye altogether which leads to me having a wet face afterwards.
The drops also feel a little sticky once they have dried. The fluid, after a while, my my eyelids very slightly stick together when blinking. It is not enough for anybody to notice but it does make you notice whenever you blink. if you are like me and you get the drops all over your face, even after drying it off with a towel you will still have to properly wash your face to get the residue off unless you like the feeling of stickiness around your nose.
I've always had problems with my eyes, from them being really runny to itching and being sore and red. I found out when I was younger that I was allergic to pet fur. Cats set it off much worse than dogs, but any contact makes my eyes stream and incredibly itchy and sore. I'm assuming I must suffer from other unknown allergies as well though because my eyes will start to water and become itchy randomly when I'm out and when I'm at home. It's not really painful, but it's incredibly annoying as I like to wear eye make-up which normally ends up smudging and coming off and having to keep rubbing my eyes makes them sore after a while.
The eye drops come in a blue box with the Optrex logo on the top. It states that they are for itchy eyes and has a large picture of an eye and eye drop on the front. The box has all the information you need including how much of the product you get (10ml), the ingredients and the instructions for use. The eye drops themselves come in a small white bottle with a screw top. The end is pointed to a nozzle shape which makes them easy to use.
It says on the box that the eye drops can be used for people with allergies like myself or just for dry, irritated eyes.
I'm not a fan of eye drops but after suffering with my runny eyes for such a long time I was willing to give it a shot. I opened the eye drops, tilted my head back and looked as far up as I could. It says you can put 2-4 drops in each eye. I decided to use two as I thought any more than that would probably end up running down my cheeks. Once the eye drops were administered, I closed my eyes for about twenty seconds.
The eye drops were cool as I'd kept the bottle in the fridge before I used them. They didn't sting or anything, it just felt like dripping cold water onto my eye but I felt the relief quite instantly. My eyes felt hydrated and the itching stopped although they were still a bit runny for a while. I continued to use these that day and the itching and watering stopped. When I ceased to use them I didn't experience any symptoms of an allergy for a few days then it re-emerged and I continued using the drops.
You can find these eye drops in chemists like Boots and Superdrug and I think supermarkets sell them too like Asda and Tesco. They're about £3.50 for a 10ml bottle which sounds like a lot but it's more than worth it!
They provide quick relief and are so easy to use. I don't know what is causing the problem but I've definitely found the remedy! I'd definitely recommend these to others are they are brilliant. They can be used by contact lens wearers but you need to take your contacts out first and wait a while before putting them back in, and kids can use them to but definitely with supervision!
Optrex Itchy Eye Drops work instantly to help relieve irritation caused by pollen / They are also suitable for reducing itching caused by dust, mites, pet hair etc / Optrex Itchy Eye Drops are not a medicine and so can be used at the same time as oral anti-histamine medication to specifically act on your eye symptoms / Optrex Itchy Eye Drops contain natural plant extracts and are suitable for adults and children from any age.